On Saturday, medical and pharmaceutical products manufacturer, Medline, hosted its ninth annual Medline Makes a Difference Day bringing together hundreds of employees, family members and friends who spent the day providing support to local charitable organisations.
The company, the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies and clinical solutions in the US, partnered with service organization Chicago Cares to complete a large variety of difference making initiatives.
Some of the tasks included at the Medline Makes a Difference Day event included making blankets and pillows, putting together meal packs and toiletry kits for those struggling with homelessness, and constructing bookshelves and cubbies for local schools.
“In one day, Medline demonstrated its deep commitment by engaging hundreds of employees in extensive community service,” said Jenné Myers, CEO, Chicago Cares. “This impact will be felt for months and even years to come, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with Medline, which serves as a rich example for how companies can meaningfully give back and connect with their communities.”
For one local organization, Medline Makes a Difference Day translated into 25,000 meals to the underserved.
“One in seven people in our area rely on Northern Illinois Food Bank’s network of community food pantries and feeding programs for the nutritious food they need to live healthy and thriving lives. Medline’s charismatic community spirit and kindness is a great example of how one company can make a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of people in need. On behalf of all our hungry neighbors, we extend our sincere thanks to Medline for your generosity and thoughtfulness,” Donna Lake, communications and philanthropy director, Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Since 2006, thousands of Medline employees and family members have contributed more than 27,000 volunteer hours to local community projects in Northern Illinois.
“Strengthening the communities where we work and live has always been a priority for Medline,” said Jim Abrams, COO, Medline. “We look forward to this event every year and are thrilled by the continued show of support and collaboration with employees and local organizations.”